Fertilizer Plant Inspections Limited in OK

Apr 22, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Two state agencies say they only regulate fertilizer manufacturers in Oklahoma if there is a spill or emission, and do not inspect the plants for general safety.

Oklahoma is home to several fertilizer manufacturing plants, including one of the largest of its type in the nation just northeast of Tulsa. Lance Kunneman, fertilizer program administrator for the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, says the agency's regulatory power over manufacturers is limited to spill response.

Kunneman tells the Tulsa World that his department regularly inspects silos and grain elevators once the final product is made and on the market to track sales.

Last week, a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 and injured 200 in Texas.